The blues group called Ripe Red Apple has released their new LP record, “Ripe Red Apple.” The self-titled album comprises 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly released independent of support from the corporate music industry. Soulful, sonorous, groovy and heartfelt, “Ripe Red Apple” by Ripe Red Apple is easily one of the most ensnaring original blues records to be published in recent memory.

Ripe Red Apple cite as main artistic influences such legends as Charlie Patton, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thornton, and Lead Belly, as well as rock groups like Velvet Underground, Neil Young, the Band and PJ Harvey. Their sound is gilded with nuances of contemporary folk and classic rock, yet with a bulletproof loyalty to genuine blues music. This faithfulness to the musical traditions of the American South is the prevailing overtone of “Ripe Red Apple,” making it a natural counterpart to records by foundational artists like Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Robert Johnson. Fans of blues music from the Mississippi Delta region are especially likely to appreciate Ripe Red Apple’s new LP.

Speaking of the themes of their new record, Ripe Red Apple writes, “When Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden, she was doing something beautiful. With her knowledge and possibilities no longer limited, she gave us the passionate will we have today and the spectrum of emotions that make life worth living. Our music is about the struggles that come from this freedom.”

At the heart of Ripe Red Apple are singer Gaia Lyle and lead guitarist Gonzalo Villa. The duo began more than five years ago on the streets of Valparaiso, Chile, where the two popular performers teamed up to make a more powerful whole. Having since relocated to Portland, OR in search of “something more,” Ripe Red Apple now boasts the talents of Alexandra Geffel on drums and Chris Benson on second guitar, whose performances are also featured on the full-length album.

“Ripe Red Apple” by Ripe Red Apple is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley